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'''Arthur''' "'''Art'''" '''Tatum, Jr.''' (, October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist. Tatum is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time,Robert Doerschuk, ''88 – The Giants of Jazz Piano'', p. 58 "by consensus, the greatest jazz pianist who ever lived." When Leonard Feather was compiling his Encyclopedia of Jazz in the mid-1950s, he polled a number of musicians about the players they themselves most admired on their respective instruments. More than two-thirds of the pianists surveyed put Tatum at the top of the list. Gene Lees conducted a similar poll thirty years later, and again Tatum dominated the results. and was a major influence on later generations of jazz pianists. He was hailed for the technical proficiency of his performances, which set a new standard for jazz piano virtuosity. Critic Scott Yanow wrote, "Tatum's quick reflexes and boundless imagination kept his improvisations filled...
Birth nameArthur Tatum, Jr.
Alias| birth_date = {{birth date|1909|10|13|mf=y}}
Birth placeToledo, Ohio|Toledo, Ohio, United States
Death date{{death date and age|1956|11|5|1909|10|13|mf=y}}
Death placeLos Angeles, United States
Origin| instrument = Piano
GenreJazz, Stride (music)|stride
Years active1927–1956
LabelBrunswick Records|Brunswick, Decca Records|Decca, Asch Records|Stinson, Verve Records|Verve, Folkways Records|Folkways
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